Apr 29, 2014 11:21pm
Re: when did you know ?
My experience was I did not so much find the Grateful Dead as they found me. And sure that sounds corny but it really was true. Summer of 84 and I graduate high school pretty much into all the classic rock you mention and the fledgling metal scene to boot and I get away from N.Y.C to work at a summer camp in upstate N.Y./ N.J. area.
It is there that the friends I make are listening to a band called the Grateful Dead and it becomes the background for the ultimate summer of my youth.
The more I listen to the lyrics of the band and track with the jams the more it dawns on me this clicks with me.
I see Jerry Band that summer at a very small community college and I just get real into the whole way that Garcia plays and sings.
Long long story short by the time I go back to N.Y.C I am a full fledged Head. I start an organization called Sage and Spirit at Queens College and spend the next 9 plus years as resident Dead Head taking classes and doing lots of touring.
As for the shows themselves. I think for me I tried not to bring to much expectations although it was often hard not to. I looked at it like the Dead concert was when everyone's path crossed and every once in a while we all had a collective great day together. (And of course if Jerry was having a great day chances were that I/We would too)
See for me I can't rate the band cause it was my life from 84-93. It would be like trying to judge my own life.
I would say if your into the music use the music archive and listen to the soundboards in the collection. There are not many bands I care to listen to live after the fact anymore but from 68-91 the music of the Dead is to my mind the Bach of that era.
The thing that really clinches that for me is my attitudes and core values have undergone many transformations or dare I say evolutions / revolutions yet the music of the Grateful Dead still does it for me to this day.
"Once in awhile you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right"